Cardinals defeat Raiders 31-27... Oakland DE says Kolb is 'scared.'
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Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
PHOENIX (AP) Skelton took just five snaps, but that was enough for him to throw the first touchdown pass for either quarterback candidate this preseason.
And, after Arizona beat Oakland 31-27 on Friday night, Kolb got a scathing review from Raiders defensive end Tommy Kelly, who sacked the Arizona quarterback for a safety.
"He is skittish. He is scared back there," Kelly said. "Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain't even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain't going to get nothing done like that."
Arizona starting left tackle Levi Brown was sidelined in the second quarter with a triceps injury. Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford also left early with a foot injury. Skelton's 3-yard toss to a wide open Anthony Sherman was part of Arizona's 17-point second quarter.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't prepared to make any quarterback pronouncement. "Not with only five plays for John," Whisenhunt said. "I think I'll have to get John some extended time this next week."
Skelton entered the game after Oakland fumbled the ball away at its 23. He completed 3 of 3 passes for 23 yards.
Whisenhunt said he didn't want the starting offensive line to play in the second half and he didn't want Skelton playing behind the backups. Skelton said he understood, grudgingly."There's a little frustration but at the same time you kind of understand it," he said. "They want to give everyone an equal opportunity but at the same time you can't have the o-line in there for an extended period of time just to make everything equal. I kind of was a little mad about the decision but at the same time I understand it."
Kolb was 3 of 3 for 22 yards in Arizona's opening touchdown drive but was sacked by Kelly in the end zone on the Cardinals next possession. He completed 3 of 6 passes and was sacked three times.